Guest Post: Gluten-Free in Amsterdam

One of my favorite parts about writing Gluten-Free Globetrotter is connecting with people across the globe. In December, Barbara left a comment on this site. She is the author of Gluten-Free Amsterdam, a website (in English) about restaurants and tips for eating gluten-free in Amsterdam. Barbara graciously agreed to sharing her top five gluten-free friendly restaurants in Amsterdam.

Gluten-Free Amsterdam

My name is Barbara, and I am a celiac living in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Amsterdam is not the easiest city to live in. Going out for dinner can be hard sometimes. However, the gluten-free options are increasing and I would love to share my top 5 restaurants with you!

1. Heasje Claes (
The absolute winner is restaurant Heasje Claesje. This restaurant has the best gluten-free service in town. They have a gluten-free menu, gluten-free bread and gluten-free beer. The menu offers typical Dutch dishes with many choices of meat and fish. They also have a special gluten-free kids menu! It’s located in the city centre. The menu is translated in several languages. So if you are visiting Amsterdam as a tourist, this is absolutely the place to be.

2. Restaurant Lieve (
You will find this great place for celiacs at one of the main canals of Amsterdam. The service in Restaurant Lieve is very nice and they have a gluten-free menu with delicious food. The atmosphere of the restaurant is great.

3. Spaghetteria (
This little pasta-bar is one of the hotspots of Amsterdam. This means it’s always really crowded, and there is no possibility to make a reservation. However, it’s worth waiting for. They offer all the pasta’s in a gluten-free variety as well. Just ask for it. It’s located in the popular living area called ‘de Pijp’.

4. The Seafood Bar (
If you are into fish, this is your restaurant. They offer al kind of fish and have a great gluten-free service. They know how to deal with celiacs, are always really friendly and have gluten-free bread as well. You’ll find this place next to the Vondelpark.

5. Bazar (
This restaurant has an Arabic menu. As soon as you walk in this (huge) restaurant you are not longer in Amsterdam, but in the Middle-East. You can ask for their allergy menu. On this menu you will exactly find which dishes are ok for which diets. It’s really delicious.

This was my top 5 gluten-free restaurants in Amsterdam. I am still exploring the gluten-free scene of the city, so for any updates please visit my blog:

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About Erin Smith

Living with celiac disease since 1981 and eating gluten-free long before it was "trendy", Erin Smith has a unique perspective of growing up in the gluten-free community; Founded Gluten-Free Fun in 2007; Founded Gluten-Free Globetrotter® in 2011; Founded GlutenFreelancer® in 2014. Erin was the lead organizer of the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup group, a social community of more than 2,000 members for over a decade. She is the founder of the Santa Cruz Celiac support group. Erin currently resides in New York City and lives 100% gluten-free.
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5 Responses to Guest Post: Gluten-Free in Amsterdam

  1. me ha encantado el post! muy util!
    lo tendre muy en cuenta cuando viaje a Amsterdam
    si visitais Spain ya sabeis que podeis contactar conmigo que os hare un resumen de donde poder comer sin preocuparos del gluten
    muchas gracias a las dos!

  2. What a great post! I hope these options (and more) are available when I finally make it to Amsterdam. Thanks for sharing, Erin and Barbara!


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